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It’s been 14 years since Samuel L. Jackson first appeared in the MCU, but the days of Nick Fury playing a pivotal role in building the Avengers and making major appearances in the MCU are long gone. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were only guest spots, Captain Marvel was a prequel, and Spider-Man: No Way Home didn’t see the real Nick Fury — plus, those movies are all over the place three years or more back.
Now Nick Fury’s comeback is imminent — and in three ways. Fury was already known to play a pivotal role in the upcoming Disney+ MCU series Secret Invasion , which, like Captain Marvel, is about the shapeshifting Skrulls that have secretly infiltrated humanity. We also know that Nick Fury will also be in Captain Marvel 2: The Marvels .
But now, Samuel L. Jackson divulged on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he ‘s also dropping by » Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania » . The two films and the series were being shot at the same time on the same studio lot in London, so he hopped from one set to the next, Jackson says (starting at about 64 minutes):
The special thing about it: All three upcoming projects with Nick Fury appear a few months apart. Secret Invasion is expected to launch on Disney Plus in late 2022 or early 2023 , Captain Marvel 2 is expected to hit theaters on February 15, 2023, and Ant-Man 3 on July 26, 2023.
Will Nick Fury be needed again?
It can be assumed that Nick Fury will not only play a larger role again in «Secret Invasion», but also in the two films. The MCU and Avengers are in a period of upheaval and realignment post-Endgame, so the guiding hand of the ex-SHIELD director and Avengers founder would certainly be helpful.
In addition, «Secret Invasion» and «The Marvels» are probably related in terms of content. In Captain Marvel 2 we not only see Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, but also Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau — and the latter was sent into space by a Skrull at the end of WandaVision .
And it’s probably no coincidence that Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania sees the real debut of a major Marvel villain who could be as defining as Thanos for years to come: Kang (Jonathan Majors) played already played a marginal role in «Loki» , but will be of greater importance here for the first time.
The Avengers could certainly use Nick Fury’s help with «Ant-Man 3». You can also learn more about the confirmed and possible villains for the future of the MCU in this video:
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